Cerebral Palsy: Is Medical Negligence To Blame?
In many instances, cerebral palsy is preventable. Perhaps the greatest risk factor associated with cerebral palsy is a lack of oxygen flowing to the child (asphyxia) during the birthing process. This can occur if the umbilical cord becomes wrapped around the infant's neck, or if the infant's head becomes stuck during the delivery. In essence, when an infant is deprived of oxygen for a prolonged period of time, brain cells die, causing injury. Other less common risk factors for cerebral palsy include a viral or bacterial infection contracted by the mother; trauma to the infant's head from an injury or alcohol and drug abuse. It is believed that 1/5 children who are diagnosed with cerebral palsy suffered a brain injury due to inadequate medical care during the labor and/or birthing process.
Sadly, there remains no cure for CP at this time. While there are numerous treatments and therapies that exist to try and improve a child's quality of life, these programs often are financially and emotionally draining. If you or a loved one has a child that suffers from CP and you believe the child may have sustained an injury at birth, you may be entitled to significant compensation to ensure that your child has access to the very best therapies out there for the rest of their lives. At STSW, our lawyers have extensive experience in handling cerebral palsy cases and will gladly sit down with you in a free consultation to discuss your potential case and the options that may be available to you.